How Often Should I Pump Out My Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are most often installed in areas where there is no access to a municipal sewer line. This means that they usually serve homes in rural areas or those that were built before the sewer was installed. These tanks need to be pumped out every so often in order to avoid sewage backups and other complications.

If you’re new to your home and have never lived in a house served by a septic tank before, you are likely wondering when your tank needs to be pumped out and what that even means. Here are the answers you need to have so you can take good care of your home.

When to Empty Your Tank

How often should I pump my septic tank?

Most septic tanks need to be pumped out every 3-5 years. However, the exact interval will depend both on the size of your tank and the number of people currently living in your house. A single person may be able to go up to 10 years without pumping while a large family may need to get theirs pumped out every 2 years.

If possible, contact neighbors with similar-sized septic tanks and same-sized families. Find out how often they perform septic tank emptying and use that as a guideline.

If you’re not sure when your tank was last pumped out, you have several options. You can simply get it pumped out now and start your count over. You can also wait until you experience sewer backups or sewage bubbling up around your lateral field, though we don’t recommend this. By the time that happens, your system may already have suffered some damage.

Why Pump Your Septic Tank

System overload, as described above, is one main reason why you should pump out your tank. After all, it can only hold so much.

Your septic tank is designed so that heavier solids go to the bottom and form a sort of sludge. If sludge levels get too high, they can block the pipes in the tank that drain the liquid sewage away. This liquid has to go somewhere and, often, it ends up back in your home, causing all sorts of messes. Septic pumping avoids these problems and keeps your tank in great shape for many years.

How Septic Tank Pumping Works

Our pumping team will bring out a sewage disposal truck. We’ll hook that truck up to your septic tank, turn on the pumps, and get rid of the waste and sludge inside your tank. The process usually only takes a couple of hours, though the exact length of time depends on how much sewage you have and whether we encounter any problems along the way. Most of the time, though, we are in and out before you know it!

Contact us at Waste & Water Logistics today to get your septic pumping scheduled. We’ll arrive on time for your septic tank emptying and get rid of your sludge fast. Before long, your septic tank will be in great shape once again. Call us today, or request a free quote here!

Portable Toilets: Tips for Winter

Do you have a job site that needs to keep running all winter long, so you’re keeping your portable toilets out? Or maybe you close down the restrooms in the park but you want to keep something there just in case.

tips for winter portapotty rental in Salt Lake City

No matter your reasons for keeping a portable toilet through the winter, there are a few extra considerations during colder seasons. Take these into account and you should be able to keep everyone comfortable and safe in your portable toilet no matter how cold it gets outside.

Consider Location

In the summer, you can keep your portapotty anywhere that is out of the way but fairly easy to access. In the winter, choosing a porta potty location becomes more important. Consider the following factors:

  • Your portable toilet will need to be out of the wind. When storms come through, winds can get extremely high. You don’t want to deal with the mess of a blown-over portapotty, so make sure it’s somewhere where the wind can’t get to it.
  • Make sure your porta potty will be accessible no matter how bad the weather is. You’ll probably want it on pavement and near a walkway that gets regular traffic.
  • Put it in the sun. No one wants to use a freezing cold porta potty. Make sure it gets sun at least some of the day so that it’s warm enough for small children to use if needed. Everyone else will probably appreciate your thoughtfulness, too!

Keep it Warm

If you can’t put your porta potty rental in the sun or you did that and it’s still not warm enough, consider putting a space heater in or near the potty. You can heat the entire area or give people something that they can turn on to stay warm whenever they need to use the unit. Either way, adding comfort always raises satisfaction.

Remove the Snow

Make sure that you remove snow from around the portapotty. Test the door to be absolutely sure that it can open all the way. You’ll also want to salt or put de-icer around the entrance to the potty and, in fact, all the way around the bottom so that it doesn’t freeze to the surface it’s on. You may want to take care to remove drifts, especially if you’re using a porta potty rental. Drifts can cause damage and you don’t’ want to pay for that!

If you have further questions about keeping your portapotty in great condition this winter or you need a porta potty rental, pick up the phone or contact Waste & Water Logistics online today!

Come Run in the Mud with Waste & Water Logistics!

We are #MackenzieStrong!

Register Here!

Can you imagine being a healthy kid until, one day, mysterious symptoms appear? That’s what happened to MacKenzie Zserai. She ended up having a brain surgery with complications and now suffers from several chronic illnesses including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Complex Chiari Malformation, and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.

There is a surgery that could alleviate many of MacKenzie’s symptoms, but it requires her to travel to New York for further testing and to stay there through at least part of her recovery. This is an expensive process and her family would love some help!

That’s where we come in!

We are sponsoring a Mud Run on September 14th, 2019 at the Carbon County Fair. This fun 5K promises to be sloppy, wet, and a ton of fun for everyone involved. There will be obstacles to challenge you, mud to cool you off, and the best part is that it’s for a great cause.

You can help MacKenzie, too, by registering to run with us. She wants her life back and we want to help her get there. Show your support for your community and help MacKenzie and her family in a special way this month. The day of the run is getting close, so register soon. We would love to see you there as you stand with us and show that you, too, are #MacKenzieSTRONG!

Click here to sign up for the Carbon County Mud Run & show your support!

If you would rather donate directly to her family you can:

  • Venmo @Mackenzie-Zserai
  • or donate through the donation account at Eastern Utah Community Credit Union.

Register Here!

What Happens After the Disaster: Our Restoration Process

Utah Restoration

Most people don’t know what a disaster is like until it strikes them. Whether it hits your Utah home or business in the form of a fire, a flood, or something else, we can help you get back on your feet. Cleaning it all up may seem like a gargantuan task, but when you have our Waste & Water Logistics team on your site, you may be surprised at how fast the job gets done.

Not sure what to expect in the restoration process? Here’s what we will do to get your building back to normal again.


We’ll start by looking around your building and running some tests. This will help us figure out exactly what needs to be cleaned, sanitized, and more. It will also let us know if our workers need to wear any special protection or take extra precautions to protect themselves when cleaning your space.


Once we know what the job will take, we’ll start cleaning up. We’ll remove debris and anything that has been damaged beyond repair. You won’t have to worry about anything because we’ll make sure everything is removed and all precautions are taken to retain and restore anything that is still usable. We’ll bring our own dumpsters and empty them as needed until your space is clean again.


When everything is cleaned up, we’ll work on making the environment healthy for human occupancy again. This means not only wiping down surfaces and removing obvious dirt, but also making sure that any bacteria, mold, or mildew that might have entered during your disaster are removed. We will test and then test again to ensure that everything is clean according to our high standards.

If your building suffered from a fire, we’ll make sure that we clean and re-clean upholstery, drywall, and more so that the smoke smell is entirely removed from your house. We’ll throw out anything we can’t get clean so you won’t have any smoky residue, either. Finally, we’ll run HEPA air filtration systems in your home until the air tests out as clean.


Once we know what can and cannot be reused in your home, we’ll set to work getting everything back to normal for you. We’ll rebuild, repair, and reuse until your home is as good as new. We promise that we won’t stop until you are happy with your house once again. If we’re working in your commercial building, we’ll make sure it meets your standards every step of the way.

If you’re facing restoration after a disaster, you don’t have to face it alone. At Waste & Water Logistics, we have professional restoration experts who will stand by your side and work with you until things are back the way they need to be. Call us today to find out how we can make your restoration process as easy and straightforward as possible. Then see for yourself what sets us apart from all of our competition in Utah.